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Claude Julien is not known for line shuffling, most nights everyone knows what the lines will look like before the puck drops. On March 1st we saw a change that might not change again for a really long time.
Both Tyler Seguin and David Krejci weren’t on top of their games for the entire month of February. Seguin only had one goal and four assists, Krejci just two goals and no helpers. Julien might have made his best decision this season by putting the two coldest players on the same line with Milan Lucic.
Only five games have been played with this line in tact. In those five games Seguin has four goals and three assists, Krejci has five goals and two assists. Lucic has a goal and five helpers rounding out what is now the best line Julien can put on the ice. Twenty points in only five games for this line. Do the Bruins finally have the top scoring line that other teams have to worry about stopping? Five games are a small sample size, but it sure looks like it.
Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand have been almost non factors in the five games without Seguin on the right-wing. Marchand has zero points since Seguin’s promotion and Bergeron has no goals and two assists. Brain Rolston was seeing a lot of time trying to play on that line and it simply didn’t work, Rolston is not the same player that Bruins fans remember. Rolston still has a bomb of a shot and can be used on the power play.
Signs of life have been shown by Jordan Caron with three goals and two assists in the last three games. Julien gave Caron a look on the Bergeron line against Buffalo and it seemed like it can work. Caron, being a first round pick in 2009, looks more confident than ever and if he can step into that role and be productive the Bruins might have hit the lottery.